US Board of Directors

Mike Delorenzo

Board Chair

Mike has been serving in cross-cultural ministry with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) since 1997.  He and his family lived in Africa for 17 years, and currently reside in the Atlanta area where Mike works as a Communications Manager at AIM’s U.S. Headquarters.  Mike is a commercial pilot and aircraft mechanic with a BS in Missionary Aviation from Moody Bible College.  He served for 13 years as a missionary pilot and administrator for AIM’s aviation ministry (AIM AIR), supporting numerous ministry efforts throughout east and central Africa, including BethanyKids.  In 2007, Mike helped establish a field-based media team for the mission and transitioned from aviation to creative media and communications as his ministry focus.  Mike and his wife, Renee, have 2 children.

Paul Bufford

Board Treasurer

Paul joined the BethanyKids board in 2012 and worked as the US bookkeeper for BethanyKids for several years before joining the board.  He is the Senior Pastor at Abingdon Bible Church in Abingdon, Virginia, where he has served since 1978.  Paul received his undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University, his masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Reformed Seminary in Charlotte, NC.  His dissertation topic was, “Transition in Leadership for Parachurch Organizations”.  Paul has been involved with missions work since arriving at Abingdon Bible Church and has visited Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil, Jordan, Portugal, Germany, Kenya, and Bolivia for short-term ministry.  He has conducted pastors’ conferences in developing countries including Chile, Ethiopia, and Russia.  Paul has lead board training in policy governance for missions organizations and serves on the board of Bancroft Gospel Ministry and in the past on the board of Source of Light Ministries.  Paul and is wife, Trudy, have three children, Josh, Betsy, and Julia, and five grandchildren.

Gary Oliver

Board Secretary

Gary accepted Christ as his Savior in 1956 at Sunday School in a rural one room school in Michigan.  He was a member and Deacon of Hope Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, was a youth song leader, and treasurer.  Gary was a member, school committee participant, and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Midland, Michigan where he alternated teaching an adult Sunday School Class.  After moving to Colorado, Gary joined Tri-City Baptist Church where he was a deacon chair for several years.  Gary became a member of a church plant, Valley Community Church where he served as Chairman and an elder of the leadership team.  Most recently Gary and Jackie have moved back to Michigan and are again members of Calvary Baptist Church.

Gary was introduced to BethanyKids through the illness of his grandson who was born with a genetic disability.  Gary has a heart for disabled children and a desire to see BethanyKids continued service to children and their families.  He is the father of two, grandfather of five, and husband of Jackie.  His first born grandchild, Jonathon, went to his eternal home December 2011, disabled no longer.  Gary was part of the inaugural Vision Quest Team that visited Africa in 2013.

Gary graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Physics.

Susan Ferson

Susan is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked in neurosurgery for 17 years. In working with Bethany Kids in Kijabe, Kenya from 2010 to 2015, she fulfilled a life-long dream of serving God as a missionary nurse. Her work there included pre and post surgical patient care, evaluating new and follow-up patients in the outpatient department, teaching and mentoring Kenyan nurses, and managing infectious diseases in the neurosurgical patients. A highlight of her service in Kenya was to work with Pastor Mercy in counseling families of critically ill children, demonstrating the love of God for each child.  Susan has retired from nursing and resides with her husband, Leland Albright, in La Grange Park, IL where she is active in her church and community.

Cynthia M. Gregg

Cynthia received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, after receiving four prestigious awards for academic achievement. She completed a five-year residency at the University of Michigan for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and during her tenure there she earned the prestigious Merle Lawrence Research award. She then completed a fellowship at the Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Cynthia served as an assistant professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Duke University Medical Center prior to starting her private practice in North Carolina.

Cynthia has been to Kijabe serving on the cleft teams for the past 10 years. She is married and has two adult sons.

Jim Taubitz

Living in Reed City, Michigan (northwest) Jim has been married 30 years and has 3 beautiful children: Trevor is 20, Timothy is 15 and Sallie is 12. Jim graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Engineering . Jim was in the US Naval Submarine Force for 25 years and retired in 2005. He worked in and around nuclear power for most of that time with his specialty being is in operations and maintenance. In 1995 Jim received the LORD Jesus Christ after hearing the word from a friend and pastor who taught from the scriptures. After retiring and moving to Michigan, in 2005, Jim ran a small home automation business. Soon he felt led to go and do mission work with his local church where he caught the fire to serve more.

Joining a two week mission with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) he was part of a team to develop a 10 year master plan for Kijabe Hospital and Bethany Kids in Kenya. During the trip He and Jullie felt the LORD leading them to help the two organizations walk through the plan and actually do the work.

He worked with Kijabe Hospital and Bethany Kids for over three years as well as several other construction and design projects for Christian Organizations outside of Kijabe.

Returning to the U.S. Jim commenced working for H&H Designbuild where he is currently a project superintendent overseeing the renovation of medical diagnostic facilities of hospitals throughout the region.

FRED rescorla

Fred is a pediatric surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.   He completed his undergraduate training at Calvin College, medical school at the University of Wisconsin and residencies in General and Pediatric Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Fred enjoys participating in the training of surgery residents. He and his wife Mechelle have been married for over 30 years and have two married sons. Fred has had the opportunity to take several short term trips to mission hospitals in Africa and visited Kijabe in 2016 to participate in the BethanyKids Kijabe Pediatric Surgery Retreat.   Fred and Mechelle host a Bible Study for residents and Fred serves as an Elder in their church.